2014/2015 – U-15 Soccer

COMPETITIONS:  Munster Minor Cup  and U15 Cork Cup

MANAGERS: Mr. Murray & Mr.Connick

CAPTAINS: Rory Doyle (Munster)

21-11-14 – Munster Minor Cup Round 2 – Rochestown 0 Douglas 0 (Rochestown win 5-4 on pens)

After receiving a bye in Round 1, Roco got handed the toughest draw possible for round 2 with a local derby against Douglas Comm. This was an intense affair with two very strong and evenly matched sides having chances during the 70 minutes to win the game. Both teams hit the post twice and had near misses. This really was two heavyweights battling it out to see who made it to round 3. Roco had the better start and hit the post through Rory Doyle from an Adam Hennessy corner. The Roco defence of Dylan Fenton, Conor Russell, Patrick Buckley and Colin O’Mahony did outstanding all throughout the game to keep an extremely dangerous Douglas Comm attack at bay. Shane Downey was doing well against two excellent centre backs and was bringing the Roco midfield into the game. Ross Slevin also caused problems on the wing. In a game where both defences excelled, the game went to extra time and penalties after a 0-0 draw. The Roco nerves held out and after Douglas Comm missed a penalty, Adam Hennessy slotted home the decisive penalty to give Roco the victory. It was cruel for Douglas as neither team deserved to lose and it was a pity that the game had to end. This was a classic! Man of the Match was Colin O’Mahony. Roco play Patrician Academy in Round 3

09-12-14 – Munster Minor Cup Round 3 – Patrician Academy 1 Rochestown 2 (Rory Doyle, Ross Slevin)

After a great win in the previous round, Roco qualified for the QF of the Munster Minor Cup after defeating Patrician Academy of Mallow 2-1. The game was played on a wet, windy day at Pfizers Sports Complex. The lads got off to a great start against a strong Mallow side with a goal from Rory Doyle of Corrinthians. The Mallow attack looked full of pace and skill but the Roco defence dealt with it well. After a few more attacks, Rochestown scored again through Ross Slevin who dribbled past two defenders and shot low past the keeper.

It looked as if Rochestown would run away with the game but a long ball through tone of the Mallow strikers allowed him to lob Alan Kelliher in the Roco goal to make it 2-1. It was backs to the wall for Roco with the defence holding out and doing extremely well. Mallow pushed for the equaliser but got caught on the break three or four times with Roco failing to convert their chances. The match finished 2-1 but was hard earned. Man of the Match was Patrick Buckley after a great performance throughout the match.  (report by 2nd Year Colin O’Mahony)

04-02-15 – Munster Minor Cup Quarter Final – Midleton CBS 1 Rochestown 0

Expectations were building coming into this game as we entered the latter stages of the competition. Confidence was high after two good wins. However, it wasn’t to be for Roco as they came up against a very resolute and physical Midleton side who impressed with their brand of play.

Roco had three excellent chances in the first 8 mins. Rory Doyle shot just wide from an acute angle in the third minute after some good play by Ross Slevin down the left. Jaze Kabia was next to shoot two minutes later after an excellent through ball by Shane Downey, but the defender did just enough to put Jaze off balance. On 8 minutes Rory Doyle made an exquisite pass to Ross Slevin who’s shot was somehow saved by the Midleton keeper and just bounced too high for the incoming Jaze Kabia who would have had an open goal.

Roco were dominating at this stage but Midleton were beginning to get a foothold in the middle of the pitch. Some sloppy defending allowed the Midleton striker clear on goal but Alan Kelliher put his body on the line to knock the ball out for a corner. The resulting corner curled viciously and went over Dylan Fenton and straight in. Midleton had a shock lead at half time.

The second half was a more even affair with Midleton looking very solid and causing Roco more problems in defence. Roco themselves pushed hard but it just wasn’t happening. David Sexton made a big impact when he came on and gave more midfield control to Roco but they still found Midleton hard to break down.

Five minutes from the end, Roco got their last chance through a free kick just outside the box. Conor Russell hit a thunderous shot that looked destined for the net until the Midleton and Irish U15 keeper made an outstanding save to keep the score at 1-0 and that’s how it finished. Congratulations to Midleton and we wish them the best of luck. Man of the Match: Patrick Buckley

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